Hooniverse Truck Thursday: The Barn Find Edition

My fellow Hoons, if back in the day you owned a farm truck up in the great state of Illinois and needed to patch the floor of it, nothing works quite like a state of Missouri license plate.

The other weekend while this olelongrooffan was attending the Spring Fling out at the Daytona International Speedway, I came across this barn find 1950 Ford F1. I am especially fond of these old trucks as we had a 51 F1 growing up on the farm and one of my older brothers had a 48 F1 he hand painted in yellow with orange fenders. Yeah, memories.

As I was looking around this truck, I spotted a couple of older guys sitting on lawn chairs, I know they were lawn chairs and not beach chairs as they were from Tennessee and the last time I checked, there are no beaches in Tennessee. But anyway, I got to talking with one of them about this truck.

It seems one of his buddies spotted this in a barn on an old farm while purchasing some hay for his livestock. He called his buddy in Tennessee and that dude went up to Illinois and purchased it. He mentioned he put new plugs, plug wires, distributor, points and condenser and with some fresh gas, it fired right up! The old dude mentioned it still was running pretty rough so they rebuilt the carb and fuel pump, added a couple springs and a new fuel filter and all was well.

They drove this four tail light possessing farm truck up on a trailer and drug it home. Incidentally, our old F1 had the same rear bumper!

And how does this olelongrooffan know it was trailered? I am fairly certain there are not 20 highway miles left on those dry rotted Mud + Snows on the rear of that sweet F1.

It did have a couple “pin holes” of rust but overall that 61 year old farm truck was in pretty damn good shape.

It’s possible that extra set of tail lights is explained by the after market turn signal indicator mounted to the steering column. And I remember that old F1 on our farm possessed the same style steering wheel and it was cracked up all to hell, just like this one.

And I have to extend my thanks to that old dude enjoying that cold beverage for bringing this out to show all of us. Oh yeah, 4,500 bucks would have bought this truck that day.

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  1. muthalovin Avatar

    Lose the guard, get new tires and get the stock blinkers going, and I love it. It is cool right now, but it could be damn cool.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      If I'm not mistaken, they didn't come with turn signals, and those might be dealer-installed.

    2. Black Steelies Avatar

      And we're certainly aiming for 'damn cool' haha

  2. SSurfer321 Avatar

    I've patched floor pans with baking sheets. I'm not sure if Teflon is considered rustproofing or not…

  3. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    I patched the front suspension of a Rabbit with pieces of a Bridge Out sign. After the bridge was fixed of course.

  4. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    Not everyone lives, OLRF sure does!

  5. greaseyknight Avatar

    Its not a 50, its probably a 52 judging from the trim on the hood. The 48-50 models have horizontal slats in the grill, and a different gauge cluster. The 3 teeth in the grill are only on 51-52 models and the enthusiast call them "manure spreaders" while the 48-50's are called "monkey faced"
    Interesting fact, these trucks did not come with turn signals from the factory, even thought they have arrows in the speedo for them.

  6. michaelwayne Avatar

    I like the fact that at first glance the speedo reads from 70 to 08 to 06. I guess they didn't want you to strain your neck looking at the speedometer at that probably mythical speed for that truck.

  7. Black Steelies Avatar

    That welded plate fix is so authentic because it doesn't try to stand out on the car like other rust rods. Very cool and never fix that back window unless it shatters.
    Speaking of barn finds, I just picked up Cobra in the Barn at the Salvation Army yesterday. I've always been curious but never wanted to pay bookstore prices for it. After seeing that Peter Egan wrote the Intro, I jumped on it. Any rave reviews?

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      I got a Cobra at Salvation Army, too, but their store near me doesn't have a barn–just a parking lot. It's inoperable from disuse after the original owner shipped off to Vietnam, but I figure if I can't get it running again, I can always get the three hundred bucks I paid for it back from the scrap man later.

      1. Black Steelies Avatar

        And to think I allllmost hit 'edit' to put in some quote marks or italicize that title, then the opening would still be there I suppose.

      2. mdharrell Avatar

        Something in your car's story seems a little fishy, because the war ended in April '75 but they didn't start making Cobras until the '76 model year….
        <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3298/3273906804_d23b2c4258.jpg&quot; width="400">
        But hey, if you can get $300 for it, more power to you!

        1. longrooffan Avatar

          My Esteemed Mr. Harrell:
          Have you possibly forgotten a bit of automotive history?
          <img src="http://hooniverse.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/cobra-racing.jpg"width = 500 end>

  8. longrooffan Avatar

    This olelongrooffan does!!

  9. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Oh, the barn find. I yearn to inherit a barn from some distant, mystery relative, and find it brimmed to the rafters with lost treasures, a Norton Dominator here, an Alvis TE there, A Riva Aquarama with an Issotta Fraschini V12 somewhere near the back….
    I need to get myself more rural relatives.

  10. McQueen Avatar

    Road signs work in a pinch for floor pan repairs nice gauge won't rust , floor will probably fall off around it